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African swine fever spreading in Sub-Saharan Africa

13 Nov 2014

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Pigs vie with people to scavenge food at the Dandora dumpsite, Nairobi, Kenya. © David Gough/IRIN

The African swine fever virus is having a devastating impact on small-scale pig farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, who are losing a valuable source of protein and cash.

While there is no vaccine to this disease, UN agencies such as the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are taking steps to strengthen the diagnostic capacity of veterinary services.

Humans are not susceptible to African swine fever.

Steve Thachet asked Dr Abel Wade, Director of the LANAVET-Douala Laboratory in Cameroon, to describe the impact of the disease.

Duration: 2’54”